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New Zealand's Finance Minister Bill English. ©REUTERS/Jason Reed
Upbeat New Zealand heading back to the black

New Zealand on Thursday bucked the international trend toward austerity budgets and lifted spending modestly, while still predicting its books will be back in the black within two years.

Upbeat New Zealand heading back to the black
New Zealand's Mighty River in strong stock market debut
New Zealand's Mighty River in strong stock market debut

Shares in hydro-electric generator Mighty River Power debuted on the New Zealand stock exchange at NZ$2.73 ($2.29) Friday, a 9.2 percent premium on the NZ$2.50 initial public offer (IPO) price.

New Zealand's Mighty River in strong stock market debut
Dotcom's lawyers say prosecution threatens Internet freedom
Dotcom's lawyers say prosecution threatens Internet freedom

Lawyers for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom accused the US government Wednesday of launching a flawed prosecution against their client with "frightening" implications for all Internet users.

Dotcom's lawyers say prosecution threatens Internet freedom
New Zealand set to legalise gay marriage
New Zealand set to legalise gay marriage

New Zealand is poised to become the first Asia-Pacific nation to legalise same-sex marriage in a parliamentary vote that gay rights advocates on Tuesday hailed as a milestone for equality.

New Zealand set to legalise gay marriage
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New Zealand troops begin withdrawal from Afghanistan

New Zealand troops began their withdrawal from Afghanistan Friday, with the lowering of the flag for the last time at their base in Bamiyan to mark the end of a 10-year involvement in the war.

New Zealand troops begin withdrawal from Afghanistan
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New Zealand bans foreign students from prostitution

International students studying in New Zealand, where prostitution is legal, have been told they are to be barred from working in the sex trade.

New Zealand bans foreign students from prostitution
US aims to protect Antarctic amid calls for fishing ban
US aims to protect Antarctic amid calls for fishing ban

US Secretary of State John Kerry joined forces Monday with Australia and New Zealand to call for marine sanctuaries in Antarctica, as conservationists sought a fishing ban in the pristine seas.

US aims to protect Antarctic amid calls for fishing ban
Drought declared in New Zealand's North Island
Drought declared in New Zealand's North Island

New Zealand declared a drought across its entire North Island for the first time in at least 30 years on Friday, with low river levels in the capital Wellington also worrying officials.

Drought declared in New Zealand's North Island
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Air New Zealand pilot nodded off in cockpit

Air New Zealand said Friday that one of its pilots fell into a deep sleep while at the controls of an international flight but insisted that safety aboard the aircraft was never compromised.

Air New Zealand pilot nodded off in cockpit
Sad end for 'Happy Feet Jr.' in New Zealand
Sad end for 'Happy Feet Jr.' in New Zealand

A penguin dubbed Happy Feet junior that washed up in New Zealand 2,000 kilometres (1,250 miles) from his home has died despite intensive efforts to save him.

Sad end for 'Happy Feet Jr.' in New Zealand
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Childhood TV addicts more likely to commit crime: study

Children who watch excessive amounts of television are more likely to have criminal convictions and show aggressive personality traits as adults.

Childhood TV addicts more likely to commit crime: study
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New Zealand dolphin faces extinction, group warns

Scientists have urged New Zealand to take immediate action to protect the critically endangered Maui's dolphin, amid warnings the marine mammal could become extinct by 2030.

New Zealand dolphin faces extinction, group warns
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. ©REUTERS/Daniel Munoz
New Zealand lawmaker calls for Muslim flight ban

A New Zealand politician has labelled young Muslim men a terrorist threat who should be banned from Western airlines, sparking condemnation from Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday.

New Zealand lawmaker calls for Muslim flight ban
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Coca-Cola habit a factor in New Zealander's death: coroner

A New Zealand woman's 10-litre (2.2 gallon) a day Coca-Cola habit was a major factor in her death, a coroner found Tuesday, urging the soft drink giant to put health warnings on its caffeinated products.

Coca-Cola habit a factor in New Zealander's death: coroner
Actress Lucy Lawless. ©REUTERS
'Xena' actress fined over New Zealand oil protest

"Xena: Warrior Princess" actress Lucy Lawless was fined in a New Zealand court Thursday for boarding a ship with environmentalists last year in protest at plans to search for oil off Alaska.

'Xena' actress fined over New Zealand oil protest
Tennis: Shvedova reached final of Auckland Doubles
Tennis: Shvedova reached final of Auckland Doubles

Shvedova/Goerges duo has confidently won over France-Canadian duo of Julia Coin/Marie-Eve Pelletier in two sets with the score of 6:4, 6:1.

Tennis: Shvedova reached final of Auckland Doubles
Shvedova made it into semifinal of Auckland WTA ASB Classic-2013 Doubles
Shvedova made it into semifinal of Auckland WTA ASB Classic-2013 Doubles

Yaroslava Shvedova / JuliaGoerges duo won over Julia Beygelzimer / Julia Glushko in the quarter finals of the Auckland tournament.

Shvedova made it into semifinal of Auckland WTA ASB Classic-2013 Doubles
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Protests turn violent at trade talks in New Zealand

A protest aimed at disrupting Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks in New Zealand turned violent Saturday as demonstrators attacked security forces.

Protests turn violent at trade talks in New Zealand
Peter Jackson defends 'Hobbit' trilogy
Peter Jackson defends 'Hobbit' trilogy

"The Hobbit" may be a shortish book about diminutive heroes, but Peter Jackson on Wednesday said he was right to elongate the children's story into no less than three epic movies.

Peter Jackson defends 'Hobbit' trilogy
Missing Pacific island riddle solved: researcher
Missing Pacific island riddle solved: researcher

A New Zealand researcher Monday claimed to have solved the riddle of a mystery South Pacific island shown on Google Earth and world maps which does not exist, blaming a whaling ship from 1876.

Missing Pacific island riddle solved: researcher